2020 Solo Buon Vino 'Molo Di Levante'

2020 Solo Buon Vino 'Molo Di Levante'

Regular price $26

Region:  Pesaro < Marche < Italy
Grape: Bianchello
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic/biodynamic farming, limestone soils, 12
days skin contact, fermented/aged in stainless steel for 7 months then
in bottle for 12 months; unfined/unfiltered with zero added SO2; 11.2%
Winemaker: Claudio Tornati

Founded in 2020 by a fun-loving gang of misfits, Agricola SBV produces
artisanal wines that are a true reflection of the unique terroir.
Nestled amidst a breathtaking forest, Agricola SBV manages over 3
hectares of pristine land, including 300 olive trees and 7 hectares of
organic vineyards. We love their manifesto: "We reject standardized
and conventional tastes that are created using industrial techniques,
choosing instead to create nonconformist wines that embody the truest
and most authentic nature of the grape variety and the terroir. And
we're not interested in conforming to consumerism or fashion - but
believe in creating wines that break the mold".  They use nothing but
minimal quantities of copper and sulfur in the vineyard (in much lower
quantities than allowed in organics). They use biodynamic essential
oils to protect the vineyard from disease and work as much as possible
by hand. They do not fertilize; the only organic substance that
nourishes their land comes from the cutting of wild herbs and vine
prunings.  But Agricola SBV is more than just a vineyard - it's a
natty wine destination in Pescara (the capital of Italy's Marche
region) with a charming wine shop where visitors can sample their own
wines and explore over 1500 other natural wine labels.

These guys are on the Adriatic coast in the Marche, a place relatively
unknown to foreign tourists but a big wine producing region -- a
beautiful and relatively non-touristy place where the sea is framed by
the pennine mountain range.  The soils are informed by these mountains
made of limestone, and vineyards are cooled and salt sprayed by
coastal breezes.  The Agricola SBV guys say this about '𝙼𝚘𝚕𝚘 𝚍𝚒
𝙻𝚎𝚟𝚊𝚗𝚝𝚎' (which translates to 'East Pier': "This wine is the
true identity of Pesaro.  You spend hours there watching the
fishermen, the boats going in and out, listening to grandparents tell
the story of the lighthouse.  And you have to see those sunsets! It
was the perfect name to give our Bianchello, wasn't it?"

It's technically an orange wine, with 12 days on the skins, but 'Molo
di Levante' drinks more like a savory, salty white -- no obvious
tannins or funk, just a clean, fun, complex white with texture that is
perfect for summer food and beach days.  Golden apple, apricot,
citrus, salt and herbs on a chalky, rocky mineral background - yum.

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